December 21, 2009

Knights hit the jackpot

Christmas came early for UCF fans as three of the nation's top-rated prospects say they plan to wear the Black & Gold next year.

The Miami-Central "trio" of quarterback Jeffrey Godfrey, wide receiver Joshua Reese and cornerback Jammal McClain each announced their commitments to UCF Sunday night.

Rivals.com rates Godfrey as the No. 8 dual-threat quarterback in the nation. Reese is a four-star prospect and the No. 20 rated wide receiver. They were all recruited to UCF by assistant head coach and wide receivers coach David Kelly.

Godfrey passed for more than 3,000 yards and 43 touchdowns this past season, which eclipsed county records previously held by current University of Miami quarterback Jacory Harris.

He called earlier reports of a "commitment" to USF erroneous and wanted to set the record straight that he's actually committed to UCF where he's making preparations to enroll in January. He's excited that he'll be able to participate in spring practice and compete for the Knights' wide-open quarterback position.

"We want to come in and make an impact," Godfrey said. "We also want to get our education and get our degree. We see that we can come in and help to change the program around and help the players that are already there. We want to come in and do a great job, all three of us. We want to do great things at the University of Central Florida."

Godfrey also had offers from Florida State, Miami, Georgia, Michigan, Tennessee and countless others.

Reese, who was also offered by Florida and Florida State, said they all wanted to go somewhere together where they could make an early impact.

"I kind of had a feeling it would be UCF or South Florida," Reese said. "I was thinking West Virginia or Tennessee also, but I didn't want to go too far. I didn't want to go to UM because they're stacked with receivers right now. At Florida they've got Jeff Demps and Chris Rainey so next year they're going to be running the ball a whole lot. I want to come in and play now. Talking to Coach (David) Kelly and my coach, he was telling me it would be a good move.

"They're similar to our offense and they're trying to throw the ball more. They need a couple things to get everything right. Yeah, I can make that happen. Over time, watching the games and talking to Jeff, he was like, 'Yeah, we can get in there and change some things. They just need some key guys to bring them up.' I was like, yeah, we can get in there and compete anywhere we go, but we can come in and have a chance to start our first year at UCF."

McClain is flying under the radar and his situation is similar to the recruitment of Kemal Ishmael, whom UCF signed last year out of North Miami Beach. Schools were just beginning to offer McClain after a standout season at Miami-Central. Prior to his senior year he had attended Hialeah where he was a wide receiver.

"We talk every day and we work every day," McClain said. "We're going to be together for another four years and we're always talking about stuff in class. We talk about the things we want to do and what we want to accomplish when we get there. We're trying to put UCF on the map and get the name out there. That's what we want to do."

UCF also continues to recruit a fourth Miami-Central player, running back Brandon Gainer, who has yet to make a decision.

Stay tuned to UCFSports.com for complete coverage of the commitments, including in-depth interviews with all three prospects.



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